...the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens in giving it on all occasions their effectual support. Geo. Washington Feb. 22, 1732
Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
Robert Kennedy, South Africa 1966.
Friday, December 31, 2010
Janus was the Roman God for which the month of January is named. He had two heads one to look forward and the other to look back. This time of year there is a lot of that going on. As 2010 draws to a close I want to wish all my blog friends the very best for a Happy New Year.
I really do not want to look back on 2010. It will not be one of my favorite years. I am doing my very best not to dwell on some things and so I am just going to look forward to 2011. Some of the things in store for me is the new Iowa Academy of Masonic Knowledge that we are working on to establish a new program for Iowa Masons.
I am also looking forward to not being Secretary of the Lodge anymore. Some people think that once you are Secretary you should remain in that position forever. After due consideration I decided that I was not enjoying Masonry as much as I wanted to and as the result of some things I won't go into I decided that "Better an handful with quietness than both hands full with travail and vexation of spirit." and because of a change of venue for the Lodge meetings which would require a significan number of steps for me to navigate and my knees just don't take it anymore it was time to give up the job. Unfortunately that made some people angry with me and I don't do that well so I start the year off with two less friends. I think that is about enough of that - dwelling on the past.. I always prefer to live in the future and look forward to new things. As for the old.. it is just that old and best forgotten. The painful parts anyway. I hope to make some new friends. There are about 6 Billion people to choose from.
I am not looking forward to making a decision about Bailey. He has gotten old. He does not control himself as he should. He bumps into things and cannot see or smell things like he used to. His back legs don't always work as they should and he trips over anything that is in his way. (which he did not see) He is 15 years old and other than the above he isn't in any pain. But I know I may not have him this time next year and the tears come every time I consider it. But that is part of being a companion to an animal. As long as he can I will care for and love him and when the time comes he will go without suffering. As Ginny says that is the "last thing we can do for our pets." I will miss him.
I am looking forward to a trip out west this summer to Boise, Idaho. I have never been to Idaho so that will be fun to add that to my list of places visited. I have a blog friend from there and hope to meet him while there. I am driving out so I got new tires on the Jeep. My Jeep has about 147,000 miles on it. I got 19 miles to the gallon on my trip back from Cedar Rapids this week. With gas prices going up I may regret driving but I truly hate flying with my leg and brace and I do love to see America. Can't wait to drive across Nebraska..... (NOT)
I am also looking forward to taking more pictures, sharing them here with you and keeping in touch on Facebook. Thanks for coming by to share some moments in my life. I am going to make a crock pot of soup tonight so it will be ready for the New Year. Be gentle with one another. Cherish your friends and thanks for stopping by. Hugs.
My wife and I were watching Who Wants To Be A Millionaire while we were in bed.
I turned to her and said, 'Do you want to have Sex?'
'No,' she answered. I then said,'Is that your final answer?'She didn't even look at me this time, simply saying, 'Yes..'So I said, "Then I'd like to phone a friend."And that's when the fight started...
When I thought about the evils of drinking in the New Year, I gave up on thinking.
Thursday, December 30, 2010
They brightened the day and made me feel really good. I forgot that we were having rain and fog and the promise of ice.
They were both in school at Edwards Elementary where I finished up my teaching. Alicia was in my class and Evan was in the other class so I taught them both. I remember him as a pretty good serious student. Both were all around nice kids to have and I am happy that they have wound up together. Evan is a scientist and working with Quantum physics and Electron microscopes ( I think. I get lost sometimes where those things are concerned.) Alicia keeps the house, experiences the Dutch culture and blogs about it. The pictures she takes are fabulous and well worth looking at so do visit her blog and enjoy. It was great to see them and I hope we get to see each other when they come back. Just as a side note Alicia' brother Yoni and I ate there also. Yoni and his little brother Aaron are in Israel for Aaron's 18th birthday. Alicia said that Aaron climbed to the top of Masada for his birthday. You can see more of it here. Thanks for stopping by, Be gentle with one another and stay warm. Hugs, j
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
This is the Conference Room where we held our meeting. I am chairman of an ad hoc Committee of the Grand Lodge and we are working to set up an Iowa Academy of Masonic Knowledge.
I took this shot down the corridor. I liked the way the Christmas Tree outside the War Memorial Room reflected on both of the polished walls. It came out interesting. Not what I expected but I like it.
This is a closer picture of the tree and the entrance to the War Memorial Room
The painting hangs in the room and I want to steal it for use with the Iowa Academy. It symbolizes Masonry for me. Haven't asked the other committee members about it yet. This picture is a view of the other side of the room I love the sculpted Square and Compasses in the carpet.
It was a productive meeting and I am excited about what we are trying to accomplish. The trip home was just as foggy and the only problem was the last half hour was without the help of the sun. But I made it and am having a nice Iowa Bourbon (double) to celebrate making it. Have a wonderful evening.
BTW that is Tim Anderson, Deputy Grand Secretary watching me take the photo. One of Iowa's most dedicated Masons.
Be Gentle to one another, Hugs, j
I started getting interested in clocks when I had a regulator clock at my church which everyone thought they had to wind...as a result it never worked and a buddy who repaired clocks came over and showed me the ins and outs. It peaked my curiosity and last spring I asked him to take me on as an apprentice. We've never really worked together heavily on the clocks but he guided me in tool purchase and some basic elements of clock repair. He even gave me my first clock to work on.
Then the fever bit me. So far I've donated a mantle clock for a fund raiser at Estherville York Rite, donated one as a memorial, gave a small cuckoo away to a child this Christmas whose mom is in jail. One son took one home at Christmas....I have 3 on the way here - 2 cuckoos and a mantle clock. I have sold one old calendar regulator and purchased another one to replace it. And I have two other mantles needing some repair that I have not gotten to yet! All this while serving as Gr. Chap, Master of my lodge and pastor of my church as well as part time husband and dad! HA! Glutton for punishment. I have the clocks placed strategically between my church office, my home and my bedroom. Add to this that my wife hates chimes because she can't go back to sleep if she gets up in the night and hears them. Well, my life has rarely been uncomplicated...which is why I enjoy the clocks...there is just something so orderly and dependable about their mechanics and the constancy of the 'tick-tock'! I find it very relaxing and comforting. Here are some pix of my clocks.